Any reforms to the nation's health system must be properly funded, increase efficiency, make coverage available and affordable, and provide care that’s based on expert consensus or evidence.
That is some of the guidance to be drawn from "The Eight Essential Principles of Health System Reform," which were approved by the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Board of Trustees in 2009.
"We needed a brief, succinct list of the health reform measures that we feel are truly essential," said Daniel J. Glunk, MD, past president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. "Without these guidelines, how could we possibly analyze health system reform legislation with any kind of objectivity?"
The guiding principles are:
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